Addressing the emotional dimension of oncohaematological patients improves their treatment
The promotion of artistic activities among patients undergoing oncohematological processes It helps to improve the effects of treatments and the consequent physical recovery. In addition, art reduces stress and anxiety levels and improves mood, he explains to iHealth Nuria Mompindirector of kalyan.
This non-profit association received the CSR Wills Award that grants Fenin each year, for its initiative of emotional accompaniment to oncohemalogical patients and seriously ill children and adolescents. Specifically, Mompín highlights that the Art Therapy sessions organized by this association “facilitate the development of coping skills to the recovery process itself”.
What does the CSR Voluntary Award in Social and Health Institution mean for your organization?
For Kalyan, this award is a recognition of our mission to promote the humanization of healthcare and the quality of life of people who are treated in the state public healthcare system. That an entity as professional and recognized in the health field as Fenin recognizes our work encourages us to continue contributing our grain of sand in the construction of a more just, equitable and humane society.
For Kalyan, this award is recognition of our mission to promote the humanization of healthcare and people’s quality of life
What does the emotional accompaniment initiative for children, adolescents and adults who suffer from an oncohematological disease consist of?
This project aims to accompany and emotionally support people who suffer from an oncohematological process through the therapeutic use of the Arts. It is intended that, gradually and progressively, they come into contact with their interiority. In this way, a path to greater emotional well-being and quality of life can be found.
Through the artistic materials and the creative act, the recipients of this project will be able to dialogue in a symbolic way with what most worries them at the moment they are going through; express what is sometimes difficult to do with words, and take an active role in the cancer treatment and recovery process itself.
In the child-juvenile field, we understand by the therapeutic use of the arts, such as the use of different artistic languages such as plastic arts, music, dramatization with puppets, writing and narration, body language, etc. with the aim of influencing psycho-emotional aspects of children and adolescents admitted.
Art therapy sessions facilitate the development of coping skills for the recovery process of oncohematological patients.
In short, this project of accompaniment and emotional support through the therapeutic use of the Arts uses artistic means to promote creative and communicative processes. The objective is to accompany, explore and improve the psycho-emotional-spiritual state of the person; promoting the externalization, identification and regulation of emotions, improve your mood, reduce anxiety and stress among others.
How can the therapeutic use of the arts improve the emotional state of the patient?
Art therapy sessions promote the expression of feelings that are difficult to verbalize; expanding the communication channels of those aspects where words cannot reach. On the other hand, Art Therapy sessions facilitate the development of coping skills for the recovery process itself. If we attend to the emotional dimension of these people, the effects of medical treatments and the consequent physical recovery are promoted.
Art therapy allows the exploration of imagination and creativity, promotes thought and reflection and facilitates the resignification of adverse situations, therefore, resilience. Art lowers stress and anxiety levels and improves mood.
The people who dynamize the Art Therapy sessions are health psychologists specialized in Art Therapy.
What professionals are involved in this initiative? What is the role of the psychologist?
The people who lead the Art Therapy sessions are health psychologists specialized in Art Therapy. Its function is to accompany the person from the therapeutic use of the Arts, favoring that they can express their emotional world, throughout the entire oncological process and support them in the elaboration of the situation or situations that they have gone through. Also, to generate trust in the members of the group and among them to favor emotional expression, their cohesion and mutual support.
On the other hand, it must guide the common thread of the proposals that are made session after session. And it offers the possibility of channeling the feelings that cause discomfort and that the situation can generate, such as those of anger, rage and frustration, through artistic expression. In this way, a transformation of these takes place.
Finally, it offers a framework in which to work, elaborate and integrate the changes that some people undergoing an oncological process go through in their body image, promoting an improvement in self-esteem and self-image.
What benefits does group work have with these patients?
Being able to share and express emotions in a group of people who are going through the same situation, gives them relief, lightness and emotional well-being in a moment of great uncertainty. No one better than another person who is going through the same thing, to understand what you are going through and support you. Thus, group work favors interpersonal communication, empathy and trust in a group. It allows you to work on links and relationships.